Air India Express
|Commenced operations||29 April 2005|
|Company slogan||"Simply Priceless"|
|Parent company||Air India Limited|
|Key people||Rohit Nandan, CMD|
Air India Express is a low-cost airline subsidiary of Air India with its hub in the Indian state of Kerala. It operates services to the Middle East and Southeast Asia and has about 100 flights per week. The airline is owned by Air India Charters Limited, a subsidiary of Air India Limited.
Air India Express is a subsidiary of Air India and flies mostly from the Indian state of Kerala. It operates services to the Middle East and Southeast Asia and has about 100 flights per week. The airline is owned by Air India Charters Limited, a subsidiary of Air India Limited.The airline began operations on 29 April 2005 with a flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Abu Dhabi. Delivery of the first aircraft for Air India Express took place on 22 February 2005 when the airline leased a new production Boeing 737-86Q from Boullioun Aviation Services. As of February 2014 the airlines had a 20 plane fleet with an average age of 6.3 years. Their fleet included the Boeing 737-800.
The airline is headquartered in the Air India Building in Nariman Point, Mumbai. In December 2012 the Air India director board ratified the proposal to move the headquarters to Kochi in January 2013. K.C. Venugopal, the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, said that the move would occur in phases, beginning with the opening of the Kochi office on 1 January (New Year's Day).
Air India Express operates 100 flights per week, mainly from southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala in India.
Accidents and incidents
On 22 May 2010, Air India Express Flight 812, a Boeing 737-800 (registered VT-AXV), flying on the Dubai–Mangalore route overshot runway 24 on landing at Mangalore Airport, killing 152 passengers and 6 crew members of the 166 people on board. The aircraft crashed into a wooded valley at the end of the runway and burst into flames. There were 8 survivors and 8 scheduled passengers who did not board the craft.
On 25 May 2010, an Air India Express Boeing 737-800 flying from Dubai to Pune, India experienced a sudden 7,000 foot drop when the co-pilot bumped the control column while adjusting his seat. The captain, who was outside of the cockpit at the time of the incident, returned to the cockpit and recovered the 737 from its dive.
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